Youth Sport: Six Ways for Sports Parents to Set a Great Example

Youth Sport: Six Ways for Sports Parents to Set a Great Example

Let me start with this:
Kid’s look up to adults for the example. They learn self-control by watching you display self-control. Like a coach who remains calm and in control, sports parents who exhibit good sideline behavior provide young athletes with an appropriate role model for handling the emotional ups and downs of competition.

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1. Don’t only support your child

Try support the entire group or team. Instead of only focusing on your own child, try cheer and compliment the entire team. When you do this, you not only create a positive and healthy environment for your child, but for all.

2. Practice good karma

 What goes around comes around. Unless you have something positive to say, don’t talk negatively about other players, parents or coaches in front of kids or others.

3. Don’t put your child on a pedestal

 Even if they are the star of the team, kids need to support one another and play as a team. Parents need to do the same. Encourage all, no matter what level they may be.

4. Applaud the other team too

Congratulate any good play. If kids see the adults applauding good plays made by the other team or child, they will be getting a very important message: that the game isn’t such a life-or death thing. It’s about FUN and effort remember?

5. Show Gratitude

 Thank everyone who contributed, especially the officials and coaches. Expressions of gratitude go a long way to motivating officials and coaches to continue doing the job they are doing.

6. Reward effort, not the result

 The fact your child is out there and doing it, should make you proud enough.

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Youth Sport: Six Ways for Sports Parents to Set a Great Example — 3 Comments

  1. Absolutely positively agree 100%. In tennis as in life, though, the apple never falls far from the tree. It is more than just coincidence that respectful parents have respectful players & vice versa.

  2. Fabulous post/commentary. Thank you sooo much for putting it into words. Gonna print and share:) so can have it as MY reminder. Hope to model more and more…..